Mogherini and Hahn issue joint statement on Kosovo elections

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn released a statement about the early parliamentary elections that took place in Kosovo on 6 October calling them “peaceful” and “orderly”.

“The European Union looks forward to the formation of a new government as soon as the relevant procedures are completed. This is important so that Kosovo can swiftly resume work on reforms in support of economic and social development as well as rule of law, on the implementation of the EU-Kosovo Stabilisation and Association Agreement and the EU-facilitated Dialogue with Belgrade. We expect all political actors to remain committed to these processes, which are key for Kosovo’s future, for progress on its European path, and most importantly for the benefit of the people of Kosovo and the whole region,” the statement reads.

Mogherini and Hahn underlined that according to the EU Election Observation Mission preliminary statement Kosovo elections were “well administered and transparent”.

“The campaign environment was vibrant and competitive in most of Kosovo, but marred by intimidation in the Kosovo Serb areas. All the irregularities identified should be addressed by the authorities.”

The EU EOM is expected to deliver a final report with recommendations for future electoral processes in the coming months.